Alaska Staff Development Network Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:42:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NEW COURSE! Six Traits of Writing Model: Teaching & Assessing Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:03:19 +0000 Tuition (Tier 1 /Tier 2 Member Districts): $310 / $360
EDUC 57150 • 2 credits • Alaska Pacific University • Graded A-F
Instructor: Karen Lea, Virtual Education Software, Inc.
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Writing is Taught – Writing is Not Caught Wed, 03 Jan 2018 03:16:01 +0000 with Anita Archer – 

Dates/Time: February 15, March 6, March 29, 3:45-5:45 AKST –

Do your students have difficulty composing meaningful sentences and coherent paragraphs, a convincing opinion essay, or a well-organized informative article? If so, join us for this three-part webinar series and and come away with effective teaching procedures for writing instruction.

Composing written products is a demanding skill for any individual, but is particularly difficult for low-performing students.

Dr. Archer will present an explicit set of evidence-based strategies for teaching writing. This webinar series divides written expression instruction into three components: 1.  One sentence at a time, 2. Coherent paragraphs, and 3.  Powerful essays.  

Target Audience: This work is applicable across all content areas from Grades 3-9. One university credit is available in conjunction with this webinar series.

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Simple Tools for Self-Regulation, Transforming Trauma and Preventing Compassion Fatigue Wed, 03 Jan 2018 03:12:17 +0000 with Linda Chamberlain PhD MPH –

Date/Time: February 13, 3:45-5:45 AKST – 

In this interactive webinar, participants will focus on simple tools to facilitate self-regulation and help to manage stress and trauma.  Participants will practice breath work, bilateral movement, mindfulness, visualization, acupressure, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and other strategies that can be easily learned by children, adults and families and shared in group settings.  

These techniques are used in a broad range of settings including schools, youth programs, domestic violence shelters, hospitals and clinics and mental health settings.  

Dr. Chamberlain will highlight her work with Capacitar International, a popular education approach that is being used in more than 40 countries to empower families and communities with tools for healing and wellbeing.

Target Audience: K-12 Educators.  University credit is not available.

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Research-Based Tier 2 & 3 Behavior Supports for “Tough Kids” Wed, 03 Jan 2018 01:17:23 +0000 with Karl Schleich – 

Dates: February 20, 27, Mar 13, 20, 27 and April 3 – 

Effective schools have “universal behavior supports” in place for all students at both the classroom and school levels.  However, these universal supports will never be enough to support a population of students the literature has come to refer to as “Tough Kids.” These students challenge us as classroom teachers, para- pros and administrators and quite simply require additional behavior supports.

Thankfully, there are evidence-based, research-based strategies that allow us to support the most challenging students and allow for improvement in learning and behavior. This six-part webinar is designed to deepen participants understanding of “Tough Kids,” the causes of their behaviors and strategies to reduce and even extinguish some of these behaviors.

Target Audience: K-12 Educators. Two university credits are available in conjunction with this webinar series.

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Using a Growth Mindset and Math Routines to Reach All Learners Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:22:33 +0000 With Bobbi Jo Erb – 

Dates: February 8, March 1, 8, 22, 30 and April 5 – 

It is the impossible task that all teachers take on when we teach math:  meeting learners where they are and taking them to where they need to be.  In order to accomplish our goal, we must figure out how to differentiate as we help our students build procedural fluency and conceptual understanding of math concepts.  

Luckily for us, there is more and more research emerging that shows us how developing a growth mindset culture and using key instructional strategies will lead to a significant increase in student learning.

In this webinar series we will explore how to use these strategies through high-impact math routines such as Daily 3, Number Talks, Number of the Day, Which One Doesn’t Belong, etc… to develop a classroom culture of growth mindset and student achievement in mathematics.

Target Audience: K-8 Educators. Two university credits are available in conjunction with this webinar series.

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Growth Mindset Micro-Credential Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:26:07 +0000 October 2-November 10  – 

Join educators from across the country for a six-week national pilot program through BloomBoard and Digital Promise. The Growth Mindset Micro-credential is a competency-based learning program to help teachers use growth-oriented feedback and language to reinforce a focus on student growth. The program will be facilitated by a senior BloomBoard instructional leader who has specific training and expertise in leading groups of educators through collaborative, competency-based virtual professional learning experiences.The BloomBoard facilitator will help foster collaboration, provide guidance, and ensure individual progress as the group works towards earning their Growth Mindset micro-credential. After earning the micro-credential, your will receive one graduate-level credit and a digital micro-credential badge to showcase your accomplishment. This is a pilot project, 10 spaces are available. Target Audience: K-12 teachers.

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AkPLN Math and ELA Classes Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:39:59 +0000 New classes open monthly (self-paced, complete within a 9-week period)

Lets get better together!
Learn online with the Alaska Professional Learning Network (AkPLN) and apply in your classroom tomorrow.

Hone your skills and grow and refine your instructional strategies in English Language Arts and Math.

  • Join us for a series of nine-week, online mini-courses focused on improving specific instructional practices in ELA and Math.
  • Explore best instructional practice in ELA and Math in your classroom while collaborating with other Alaska teachers online.
  • The facilitation model supports your learning with collaboration and expertise.
  • The course follows a nine-week exploration and action-oriented cycle through a variety of evidence-based best practices that are aligned to the Alaska Standards.
  • Participants are guided through an unpacking of targeted Learning Plans, including collaborative discussion as you try and apply each strategy with your own students.

Participants who complete the three learning plans in each series will receive one 500-level professional learning credit.  Click the links for more information about the classes and online registration:

ELA TopicsMath Topics
October – ELA – Elementary
• Academic Vocabulary 1
• Academic Vocabulary 2
• Academic Discussion
October– Grades 3-5 Math
• Understanding Fractions as Numbers
• Adding & Subtracting Fractions
• Multiplying & Dividing Fractions
November – ELA – Elementary
• Vocabulary – Semantic Mapping
• Vocabulary –Word Learning Strategies
• Vocabulary – Developing Word Consciousness
November – Grades K-2 Math
• Numeracy Throughout The Kindergarten Day
• Number Sense: Counting & Cardinality
• Number Sense: Composing & Decomposing
December – ELA – Elementary
• Close Reading 1
• Close Reading 2
• Close Reading 3
December – Secondary Math
• Teaching Geometry with Transformations – Part 1
• Teaching Geometry with Transformations – Part 2
• Teaching Geometry with Transformations – Part 3
February – ELA – Elementary
• Alaska Foundational Skills Standards for Phonological Awareness
• Alaska Foundational Skills Standards for Phonics and Word Identification
• K-2 Phonics Instruction in the Alaska ELA Standards
February– Grades 3-5 Math
• Building Conceptual Understanding with Fractions
• Problem Solving & Number Talks with Fractions
• Multiplication & Division That Sticks
March – ELA – Elementary
• Teaching Students to Use Evidence from Text
• Text-Dependent Questions 1
• Text-Dependent Questions 2
March– Grades 3-5 Math
• Understanding Fractions as Numbers
• Adding & Subtracting Fractions
• Multiplying & Dividing Fractions
April – ELA – Elementary
• Informational Text-Reading for Inquiry
• The Importance of Text Features
• Teaching Informational Text Structures
April– Grades K-2 Math
• Number Sense: Understanding Place Value
• Number Sense: Composing & Decomposing
• Number Sense: Adding & Subtracting

The contents of this online site were developed with the assistance of Supporting Effective Instruction, Title II, Part A federal funds from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education & Early Development, nor endorsement by the Federal Government.

Seismology in the Classroom – Online Class Tuition Reimbursement Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:00:04 +0000 September 11 (online registration accepted through September 22) – December 23, 2017

UAA ED 78604 – 2 credits – tuition reimbursement


Place-Based Instruction in Action!

Alaska is one of the most seismically active places on Earth. This online course will introduce educators to various seismology principles and techniques for using data in their classrooms. We look to provide educators with Alaska specific information to tie in a sense of place and investment for Alaska’s students. Each lesson will include videos and hands-on activities that accompany the videos with homework, discussion forum requirements and reflection assignments.

IRIS’s Seismographs in Schools Program serves teachers across the country and around the world using seismic instruments or real-time seismic data in K-16 classrooms.

This is a 2-credit, 500-level professional development course designed for classroom teachers at all levels.  No prior knowledge of seismology or software is required. Course participation is limited to the first 50 registrants. IRIS will have a application process for tuition reimbursement. Applicants who successfully complete the Seismology in the Classroom course will have their fees reimbursed.

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How to Differentiate Comprehension Instruction for Struggling Students! with Jill Jackson Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:40:24 +0000 October 10, 17, 30 and November 7

Tell me if you can relate to this classroom scene: You are done reading through a passage of text and you want to check for understanding, so you ask the class a few questions…and they look at you with blank stares as if they have no idea what you’re talking about!  Does this sound at all familiar?  Well, this scene replayed again and again in my own classroom.  What I realized is that my students didn’t have skills for comprehension or thinking about text.  I thought that just throwing out a bunch of questions about the text would lead to comprehension.  What I have learned now is that we have to explicitly identify and teach the most important SKILLS for comprehension and critical thinking in order for kids to understand the text.  In our course, I will teach you how to take a very practical look at what comprehension skills are worth teaching, how to teach them and then how to pull it all together through lesson planning.

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Blended Learning in Action with Tiffany Wycoff and Jason Green Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:32:19 +0000 October 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15

Explore how blended learning models–Whole Group Rotation, Station Rotation, Flipped Classroom, Playlist, and Ala Carte — are helping teachers to personalize the learning experience, meet the individual needs of each student in their classes, and foster 21st Century skills.

Reimagine learning in your classroom to increase student agency, connectivity, and creativity at all school levels: elementary, middle, and high school. Join Tiffany Wycoff and Jason Green – educators, trainers, speakers, and bestselling authors – for a webinar series that will provide the necessary skills for blending the best parts of face-to-face instruction with online learning.

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